Stuart Lake Battleship Island for sale: (Listed 2013-06-20)


Battleship Island, Stuart Lake, BC

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  • Sold on 2014-09-23
  • Property AddressBattleship Island, Stuart Lake, BC, Canada
  • TypeIsland

Battleship Island, Stuart Lake, BC, Canada


32.5 acre island on one of BC’s largest & top fishing lakes. Unique features include a private walk on water, smooth pebble beach located in a small inlet; tall, rocky cliffs mark most of its coastline, stunning vistas in all directions. No zoning. No permits required to build.

A 32.5 acre island in Stuart Lake, one of BC’s largest lakes. The island itself is located approximately 12 km from the southeast end of the lake and the town of Fort Saint James.

The island rises dramatically from the lake and offers beautiful lake and mountain vistas with Mount Pope off towards the northeast. One look at Battleship Island and you know exactly how it got its name. Tall rocky cliffs mark most of the coastline, and then on the southwest shoreline a stunning walk on water, fine pebble beach stretches approx. 500 feet in a small inlet offering protected moorage and the most tranquil site you can imagine. Of all inland islands I have ever seen this one is the most worthy to be a park, and this statement is hard to dispute after viewing the pictures or more so, the island itself. It almost isn’t fair that only one owner could possess and enjoy such a beautiful natural feature. Yes, the opportunity is there to put up some cabins as a private retreat, one could also inquire into subdividing or as commercial recreational retreat or fishing operation – the land is not zoned. But the real value may lie in keeping it all for yourself … your remote, northern island retreat. Escape all life’s worries and stresses, get back to the basics, enjoy one of BC’s top fishing and boating lakes and use this trophy island as your private home base.

If the world ever came to an end, you would be one of, if not the last to know about it.

Location : Located in Stuart Lake in the Omineca region of BC (Northern BC)
Access : It’s an island: water/float plane access only. There are numerous boat launches to use and two marinas at the south end in Fort Saint James to keep a boat.
Services : Bare land
Recreation : Fishing: Stuart Lake is considered one of the best fishing lakes in British Columbia due to its feisty fish population and the number of good fishing spots found throughout the lake. Rainbow and lake trout are prevalent in these waters. They normally range between 10-12 lbs, although trophy fish up to 25 lbs can be caught here. Jan from Big Red Z Charters says, “Most people don’t think of trout as a game fish, but they can be even feistier than a salmon on a good day.” He says he’s never come home empty handed from a day of fishing on Stuart Lake. Other fish to be found in these waters include Kokanee, Whitefish and White Sturgeon.

The fishing season does not stop when Stuart Lake freezes over. Vincent from NUYIZ Boat Tours notes that ling cod is plentiful for ice fishermen. He suggests fishing northern Stuart Lake, especially around Honeymoon and Battleship Islands.

Boating / Exploring Stuart Lake Marine Park: The Stuart-Trembleur-Takla Lake boating system is comprised of nearly 300 km of waterway. With more than 630 km of lakeshore to explore, few developed facilities and sparse levels of use, this chain of lakes provides a remote wilderness experience and Battleship Island is the perfect base to enjoy these waters. A series of small parks have been established along the system providing protected anchorages or attractive beaches.

The Tachie River connects Stuart Lake to Trembleur Lake. The 26 km of river can be a challenge to navigate with fast water and small rapids. Trembleur Lake is almost 50 km long. It has an irregular shoreline with sheltered bays and coves and a scenic wilderness setting. There is one marine park site on Trembleur Lake.

The Middle River flows from Takla Lake into Trembleur Lake. The river, designated as a Provincial Heritage River, is 22 km long and navigable. At 96 km in length, Takla is the fifth largest lake in the province. Almost 250 km of undisturbed shoreline with sandy beaches and isolated bays are available to explore. There are three marine park sites on Takla Lake. There is sporadic road access on the east side of the lake.
Area Data : Stuart Lake: Welcome to BC’s Lakes District, a fishing paradise! Stuart Lake, seventh largest in the province (more than 90 kilometres long and up to 13 kilometres wide). This is a favourite fishing lake, not only for the locals but for fisherman from all over British Columbia, Alberta and the United States. The lakes offer great sport fishing opportunities for rainbow and lake trout, burbot, kokanee, and mountain whitefish. The chain is also part of the longest migration route of chinook and sockeye salmon in British Columbia.

There are two marinas in Fort St. James - the Cottonwood Marina and the Pitka Bay Marina, the ideal place to keep your boat to access the island.

District of Fort St James: Population of over 5,000, the town of Fort Saint James itself is located at the far east end of Stuart Lake, the main access point to the lakes district (two marinas to keep a boat there). The community has strong links to the forestry, mining and tourism industries. The economy (as reported by NIHO – ) is expected to grow with recent positive announcements including:

- The reopening of the local sawmill by Conifex, a BC based forestry company. Conifex recently announced its intent to purchase Welco Lumber Corp’s lumber distribution service and Navcor Transportation Services.

- Mine construction is currently underway at Thompson Creek Metals’ Mount Milligan Mine, with 500 people working on the mine construction team. Once in operation as BC’s first major new metal mine in 15 years, Mount Milligan will create 350 long-term jobs for qualified candidates.

- BC Hydro has approved Western BioEnergy’s biomass’ project in Fort St. James. This project has estimated investment of $140 million, with approximately 80 employed during construction and 16 employed directly while the plant is in operation, as well as local contractors required for some aspects of the plant maintenance. The plant would give a boost to local forestry economics, because wood which currently has no value to the logging companies would instead have value by selling it to the plant. (Caledonia Courier)

- The Prince George Free Press reported that with the Mount Milligan Mine and Conifex mills operating in Fort St James/Mackenzie, many retailers are commenting that their sales and operations have returned to the recent “boom” years levels for revenue. Many businesses that were about to shut their doors a year ago are now having a hard time keeping up with demand and also looking for new workers.

The town has five motels, two “bed-and-breakfasts”, a small shopping mall, two grocery super-markets, a post office, a drug store, a hospital and a golf course. There is a volunteer fire department with two fire halls. The Stuart Lake Hospital, offers medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, laboratory, x-ray and dietary services. There is a RCMP detachment, two elementary schools and a secondary school.
Zoning : No zoning: What does this mean? Well, although it means the regional district “Bulkley-Nechako” does not regulate the use, you still have to follow the general guidelines (CLICK HERE for details and scroll down to General Provision), but in terms of putting up one or two cabins for personal use, a lodge, etc. nothing is there to regulate how many, size, height, etc. The use is also fairly open. Setbacks from the lake are regulated. There are also no permits required to build but in all BC you are required to follow the BC building Code…this is up to you and/or your contractor to determine. Basically there is lots of opportunity, one could enquire into subdividing, setting up a wilderness retreat, private escape with one or a few cabins, fishing lodge, etc., but really for property this special the value lies in its intact, pristine, private and truly special state.
Legal : DL: 2144; LD: COAST RANGE 5 (14); RANGE: 5;

PID: 015-138-666
Taxes : $1,702.99 (2011)

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